OUR IMPACT

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41,671

riders & donors

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$4,756,989

funds donated since 2013

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31

funded projects

100% donations go to fund innovative
cancer research projects in San Diego.

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Our Beneficiaries & Pedal-Funded Projects

100% of the proceeds raised by Padres Pedal the Cause stay in San Diego to fund life-saving cancer research projects conducted by our beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. So far, we are proud to say we have been able to raise over 4.75 million dollars and fund 31 collaborative research projects at our four beneficiaries to help create a world without cancer. Learn more about our beneficiaries below.

Pedal Project Spotlight: Breast Cancer Genome Project
Padres Pedal the Cause Dr. Wahl Breast Cancer Research Project

When Dr. Geoffrey Wahl discovered that his patient Bianca and her sister had both been diagnosed with recurring breast cancer and neither had the BRCA gene, the common indicating genetic markers of hereditary breast cancer, he knew there must be another link that hadn’t been identified. After writing endless grant requests and struggling to gain traction, he turned to Padres Pedal to fund his project. Five months later he was studying the family and searching for another genetic marker for breast cancer. “The cures to cancer will come from research and then implementation.”

– Dr. Geoffrey Wahl

Pedal Project Spotlight: The Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team
Padres Pedal - Dr. Lowy Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team

In 2014, Padres Pedal the Cause granted funds to a team of four doctors at three of our beneficiaries who formed a group of researchers across the country with one focus: pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the most deadly common cancer in the United States, and this grant enabled the team to secure additional funding and advance their research to identify drugs that may offer a new treatment approach to pancreatic cancer. This team exemplifies the ultimate goal of Padres Pedal: funding San Diego beneficiaries who collaborate to develop their research and advance their findings with other top minds throughout the country.

Pedal Project Spotlight: Melanoma Patient Response to Checkpoint Immunotherapy
Padres Pedal the Cause - Grant to research immunotherapy for melanoma

In 2015, Padres Pedal funded a research grant to study promising immunotherapies that augment immune cell function to kill melanoma tumors. Once melanoma skin cancer spreads, current therapies are not effective and there are few treatment options. Immunotherapies do not work for everyone, therefore it is important to predict how a patient will respond to these drugs. This research allows scientists to test patients’ immune systems against their tumors to help to determine whether patients will have a productive response to the drug therapies. Additionally, should the results show promise in melanoma, the same research and resulting tools can be used or adapted to help to combat other cancers.

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Join us in the fight to end cancer!
Pedal the Cause began when Bill Koman, a two-time lymphoma survivor, decided he wanted to help others beat cancer, too. By creating an organization that donates 100% of all funds raised directly to cancer research, Mr. Koman helped ensure that everyone participating can feel empowered that every cent raised makes a difference.

You can make a difference, too. Whether you choose to ride for us, raise funds, volunteer or donate, your participation in Padres Pedal the Cause will make a measurable difference in the fight against cancer. With your help, we can raise as much money as possible to fund the kind of research that saves lives. With our community of cancer fighters, we can get closer to finding a cure for cancer. Join us and help create a world without cancer!

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